Turkey detains 13 over Syria operation criticism

German journalist backs Turkey's fight against PYD  PKK

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A mortar shell exploded near Ozer, hitting him in a leg and arm.

Turkish authorities on Friday ordered the detention of 13 people for supporting the national medical association online, the newspaper Hurriyet reported, after the organisation publicly opposed a military campaign in Syria.

Turkish operations, including airstrikes against targets in Afrin, are ongoing.

"Why are certain [Western] countries trying to ignore the terrorists' actions?" The district is controlled by the US-backed the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) and Democratic Union Party (PYD) militias, which Ankara considers affiliates of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), designated as a terrorist organization in Turkey and several other countries.

Ankara launched a cross-border offensive into Afrin on January 20 to rout the Syrian Kurdish militia it says is linked to insurgents fighting inside Turkey.


The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group, confirmed that 68 civilians, including 21 children, have been killed in Afrin in the Turkish operation.

Turkey's General Staff has sent text messages to the population of Syria's Afrin city urging to resist terrorists, Turkish media reported February 2 quoting a military source.

The Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor's Office earlier on Sunday announced in a statement that investigations had been launched into individuals who have called on people to take to the streets to protest Turkey's operations targeting Afrin.

Turkish forces have been carrying out a clearance operation against the insurgents to establish security and stability along Turkey's borders.

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